New secondary & SEN school for Northstowe opening Autumn 2019

Northstowe, on the northwest edge of Cambridge, is set to feature up to 10,000 new homes and 25,000 residents in the future.

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) aims to create a through campus in the area, linking a nursery and primary school, a special educational needs (SEN) school and the secondary school.

In 2008, CMAT was granted permission by Cambridgeshire County Council to establish a new secondary school and sixth form centre college in Northstowe.

This was followed in 2017 by approval to run a SEN school on the same site.

Planning permission for the new schools is yet to be approved, but CMAT hopes it will be secured in September this year with construction expected to start in the autumn or winter.

The secondary school hopes to welcome its first set of pupils into the school in September 2019, with Year 7 pupils only in the first year.

The new school will include two artificial pitches, hard courts, a dance studio, an activity studio, a 400 seat theatre, a café, a fitness gym, a community meeting room and a four court sports hall – growing to eight courts in a later phase.

Specialist drama, music and art spaces will also be open to the community.

Full application details can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s planning register using the code: S/0092/18/CC.

When the school opens its first set of pupils will be in Year 7 only.

It will grow to to provide 1,800 places at full capacity with 400 places in the sixth form.

The SEN school will provide 110 places. Cambridgeshire County Council will also be building a 630 place 4-11 primary school and 52 place early years facility.


Current principal at Swavesey Village College, Andy Daly, is being replaced by new school boss Jim Stavrou in September.

Mr Daly will take on a new executive principal role within CMAT – a multi-academy trust which runs schools in Cambridge, Ely, Sawtry and Peterborough.

His role includes supporting the development of a new secondary local authority maintained school in Northstowe.

“We are really pleased with how the plans are progressing for the new schools,” he said.

“We have ambitious plans for Northstowe and want the school to be at the heart of the new town, bringing people together to create an empowered local community.

“The team that will establish the new schools in Northstowe are the same team behind the highly successful and ‘Outstanding’ Swavesey Village College.

“We will take the many years of experience and learning from Swavesey and are very confident that the Northstowe schools will be every bit as good as Swavesey Village College is now.

“It is an exciting time for CMAT, Swavesey Village College and the local community, and we are pleased that we are now able to start bringing this vision to life.”